FishSpy Echo Pro – Review By Dave Lane Carp Angler

For the last few months I have been in possession of a new product from TF Gear, but I have been unable to add it to any of my carp fishing Vlogs or articles because it has been a little hush-hush, secret squirrel and all that cloak and dagger stuff.

Now however leading up to its imminent launch, the cat is well and truly out of the bag so I can tell you a little about it.

My new bit of kit is called the Fishspy Echo Pro, which is a castable floating echo sounder/sonar device but with a major added bonus of having an inbuilt camera! I was more than excited to get this new bit of tech out onto the water and trying to keep it under wraps has been difficult as you can imagine.

Dave Lane - with the Echo Pro

Dave Lane – with the Echo Pro

On a personal level it couldn’t have arrived at a better time as I am currently tackling a vast gravel pit that contains some ancient but very large carp, these fish know every inch of their environment and for me to get one step ahead of them I needed to know the lakebed in as much detail as those wise old carp.

So for my big water feature finding and carp hunting I simply attached the Echo Pro to the back of my boat and towed it as I motored and rowed my way around the wide expanse of a very special lake.

This, obviously, would be a real edge for those of you that use a bait-boat as it would be a simple job to attach the Echo Pro via a strong cord and instantly add not only a sonar but the ability to toggle over to a wireless camera to see the reality of what was below the boat.

Obviously the castable design makes the Echo Pro so versatile and I have been able to get accurate sonar data and live camera anywhere I have been able to cast it and with a range of 100 metres I have been plotting huge amounts of water very quickly, this information has, I am sure accounted for many of my captures already this year.

So, how does it work?

The device has two different frequencies on the sonar, one is a wide beam for shallower water and the other is a narrower beam that will give you a more defined reading in deeper water. The sonar would be the default mode that I normally employ to start a session with.

Simply attach the Echo Pro to a strong braided mainline via the side mounting ring and cast it into the desired area. Once connected to your phone or tablet it will give you a detailed sonar display of the bottom; depths, contours and any mid water objects, such as carp for example will be shown.

However, whereas a normal sounder will stop there, the Echo Pro can be remotely toggled from the bank using your phone or tablet into camera mode. You now have a floating camera that will live stream the images of what you have found, directly to your phone or tablet. You now have the best of both worlds Sonar and camera in one compact castable unit!

FishSpy Echo Pro - a compact castable unit

FishSpy Echo Pro – a compact castable unit

There are many little tricks and tips that you can adapt the Echo Pro to perform and one that has proved incredibly effective for me this year is to use it around snags, let me give you a little example.

On the lake I fish there are literally thousands of snags but, as is always the case, the fish prefer just the odd one or two and searching the snags first can answer a lot of questions about location.

As we all know, carp can be particularly spooky when they see an angler hanging out of a branch right above their heads but, with the Echo Pro, I have been able to cast it into position around the snags, set to camera mode and retire to a safe distance to watch the live footage of activity in and around the snag. I have even left it in there for an hour, pressed record on the camera and then returned to check the footage it really is amazing how quickly the fish return and become relaxed again once you are not present.

Sonar devices used as fish finders are notoriously unreliable, they cannot really differentiate between the species and, quite often, they will show a group of small fish such as roach as a lesser number of larger fish on the screen, even the really expensive boat mounted models will do this as it is just a beam that gets interrupted on its way to the bottom. For scoping the topography and showing bars, weed and features they are amazing, but the camera function on the Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension that will help to alleviate the false readings and for the first time we will be able to see the actual reality of what is down there in your swim.

ORDER FISHSPY ECHO PRO HERE

Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension to fish and feature finding

Echo Pro adds a whole new dimension to fish and feature finding

 

FishSpy Echo Pro – Sonar & Underwater Camera – Pre-Order Now!!!

For the first time ever, FishSpy Echo Pro combines cutting edge sonar and live stream video camera.

If that isn’t enough, Echo Pro also allows you produce bathymetric maps using its built in GPS chip.

Priced at just £229.99, Echo Pro is now available to pre-order here.

A new era begins…. For the first time ever sonar depth sounder and underwater camera combine; the awesome new FishSpy Echo Pro is the complete fish and feature finder. Why settle for just sonar technology when you can have the power of two – Sonar AND live video? Packed with features including sonar, GPS, lake mapping, file storage and amazing high quality live video streaming and recording, Echo Pro can be cast with a rod or attached to a boat.

Uncover the secrets of the places you fish, discover underwater structures; reveal the composition of lake bottoms, riverbeds and floors, reveal the depths of your waters; Echo Pro uses powerful sonar and crystal clear video to locate features and fish. Wherever you fish, bank, boat or shore Echo Pro’s combined power of sonar and video guarantee you miss nothing. Echo Pro streams live lake information direct to your smartphone or tablet and is purpose made to be stored in your tackle box. Echo Pro is even compact enough to be carried in your pocket.

Features:

– Cutting edge Echo Sounder technology
– Live video streaming
– Record and download video footage
– Switch modes at the touch of a screen
– Offline Sonar plot history
– Built in GPS locator
– Build bathometric lake maps – study offline
– Locate features and find fish
– Huge 100m plus range
– Android & iOs compatible

PRE-ORDER HERE

FishSpy Echo Pro cameras - available to order now!!

FishSpy Echo Pro Sonar and Camera – available to order now!!

New SURVIVOR Carp Fishing Bedchairs & Chairs From TF Gear

We are excited to announce we have some new carp fishing beds and chairs – enter ‘SURVIVOR’ by Total Fishing Gear!!

The SURVIVOR range is made up of camouflaged carp fishing tackle. Part of a wide range, SURVIVOR beds and chairs represent incredible value for money in a ‘carpy’ colour pattern.

In this video review, Carpology Magazine take a closer look at the SURVIVOR chairs and beds.

The TF Gear Survivor range also includes carpy camo luggage and carp fishing accessories. Check them out here.

New Airflo SuperFLo Fly Lines – Coming Soon

The word on the street is Airflo have a new fly line coming – The SuperFlo.

Rumored to be non-ridged, Airflo have developed all-new FLO technology which enables the running lines to be slimmer and slicker than any competitor product. The lines are also softer and more supple than ever before, yet they remain tangle free in all weather and temperature conditions.

Airflo SuperFlo fly line hero cast!!

Airflo SuperFlo fly line – Hero cast!!

For a taste of whats to come, check out Airflo’s SuperFlo fly line trailer film:

Airflo SuperFlo lines will be available from Fishtec in the next 2 -3 weeks. There will be two models to start with: Stillwater & Presentation.

SuperFlo sit at the premium end of the fly line market and will sit above the Airflo SuperDri ride fly lines as a new range, rather than replace them. Prices to be announced.

Airflo SuperFlo Stillwater

New Airflo Airtex Pro Fly Fishing Clothing Review – 2019 Range

Airflo have launched an exciting all-new range of fly fishing clothing for 2019 which we feel are destined to become best sellers. In this blog post we take a closer look at the Airtex Pro garments.

Airflo Airtex Pro clothing

Featuring a wading jacket, ¾ jacket and a bib & brace trousers, this range has been thoroughly tested in the worst of the UK weather over the autumn and winter months.

All Airtex Pro garments are made of a robust 3 layer material that is extremely durable, fully waterpoof and yet still retains a high level of breathability. Pockets and D ring attachments have been cleverly thought out for maximum usefulness.

Airflo Airtex Pro fly fishing jacket in action

Airflo Airtex Pro 3/4 fly fishing jacket in action

Airtex Pro Wading jacket

There is no denying that this is an eye catching garment. Like everything in the Airtex Pro range, they have been styled for functionality as well as striking good looks. The jackets are dark grey, with carbon panels.

The material is a 3 layer, of a breathable, fully waterproof material. There is no lining, which is good as there is nothing to absorb or hold excess water when deep wading. What is noticeable is how durable it feels and looks – just like a set of breathable waders. You can tell that any water is going to instantly bead off. In our tests the jackets have proved to be totally reliable.

The hood is well designed so you can fully adjust it with several draw cords and toggles. It can also tuck away neatly inside the collar when not in use, which is Velcro closed.

Airtex Pro Wading Jackets - hood up and hood down

Airtex Pro Wading Jackets – hood up and hood down

The wading jacket has 3 D rings – one on the back for a net, and two on the the lower front for wading staffs or other accessories. Cuffs are fully adjustable and keep water out, and all zips are waterproof.

Airtex Pro Wading Jacket Net Ring

Airtex Pro Wading Jacket Net D Ring

Airtex Pro 3/4 Jacket

With exceptional good looks the Airtex Pro 3/4 jacket stands well above the competition.  Again it is a solid 3 layer, with taped and re-enforced seams throughout – guaranteed to keep you dry.

This 3/4 length jacket is perfect for the bank or boat fishing angler with it’s longer cut, which covers the top part of the leg and rear even when sitting down. It has a simplified design, with 2 x exterior chest and 2 x hand warmer pockets. Like all Airtex pro garments, the main zip and the pocket zips are all fully waterproof.

The chest area and adjoining pockets have been streamlined allowing you to wear a life jacket or fully loaded fly fishing vest over the top with ease. The 3/4 jacket has been sized to fit over a mid-layer, such as a warm fleece. Arms are cut to allow easy casting, with storm cuffs providing protection from water ingress.

Airtex Pro 34 Jacket - hood down and hood up

Airtex Pro 34 Jacket – hood down and hood up

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

Airtex Pro jacket adjustable storm cuffs

The hood is another strong point – easily adjustable and designed to fit over a cap, it provides brilliant protection from the rain, even if it is blowing into your face. It doesn’t fold into the collar like the wading jacket, but it does sit neatly in place when not in use, allowing you to concentrate on fishing.

Airtex Pro Bib & Brace Trousers

100% waterproof and made of the same 3 layer breathable taslan shelled material, this great set of bottoms will compliment both of the Airtex Pro jackets.

Perfect for boat and bank fishers, they are designed for unrestricted casting and movement. The main zips, pockets and leg gussets are all designed in such a way to offer full protection from the elements, while being extremely easy to slip on and off.

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

Airtex Pro B&B with detailing of storm flap and leg gusset

The elasticated braces are fully and easily adjustable, allowing you to spend the day in complete comfort. These overtrousers also sit high up the body, completely protecting you from wind and the elements at your back when combined with one of the jackets.

How much?

Priced at £99.99 per garment (combo price any two for £179.99) the Airflo Airtex Pro fly fishing clothing represents outstanding value for money. Airflo Airtex Pro clothing can be purchased here.

Airflo Airtex Pro clothing special offer

5 Top Tips For Keeping Your Bivvy Warm In Winter

With winter at it’s worst keeping warm in your bivvy whilst waiting for that illusive run is key. Our tips explain how you can keep yourself comfortable in even the harshest conditions!

Tip 1. Insulate your floor – the ground is your worst enemy in winter. Moisture, cold and damp rises from the floor up. Always use a groundsheet, and if you can layer the floor of your bivvy with an insulator such as an old piece of carpet or a thermal blanket. You can also strategically place items of luggage around key areas of your bivvy to keep drafts down.

All set up for winter angling!

All set up for winter angling!

Tip 2. Keep dirt and moisture out – Ensure you keep your muddy and wet boots outside your bivvy. A bivvy mat really comes in handy for footwear storage and to help rid any excess dirt or mud.

Bivvy mat

Bivvy mat – a winter carpers best friend

Tip 3. Heating – Many anglers are using bivvy heaters in order to stay warm in winter. When using heaters, safety is a major concern as carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat. Some of these, like the candle powered Nash bank Life heater are perfectly safe and easy to use. A hot water bottle is another essential, again with no safety risk.

Nash bank life bivvy heater

Nash bank life bivvy heater

Tip 4.  Select your swim with care – Swim choice and the positioning of your bivvy within it are a major consideration. Unless it is the lake ‘hot spot’ a very exposed swim with the wind howling onto it may not be the best choice. A sheltered swim may also be a good spot to find carp holding in a thermal refuge. Make note of where the wind is blowing and angle the front of your bivvy away from any prevailing cold winds. Also make use of any trees and vegetation in your swim that could give you a wind break or potential shelter from rain.

Tip 5. Clothing and sleeping bags – Your own body heat goes a long way so ensure you have the correct thermal gear for the job. 4 and 5 season rated sleeping bags are a must. A good bedchair cover is another addition that you should not be without. Thermal underwear, hoodies and a waterproof jacket are also ‘must haves’. A great bit of winter kit for sleeping in is the extremely warm TF Gear onesie.

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The TF Gear Chillout hoody – perfect for cold weather carping!

For more warm clothing tips, including layering, check out our blog post here.

5 New Years Fishing Resolution’s For 2019

2019 is going to be a great year for fishing!! We all have New Years resolution’s, but how about some fishing ones? As an angler, these suggestions should hopefully improve your fishing year to come.

1. Fish more often

Did you fish as much as you had hoped for last year? Probably not. So set aside a target number of days to spend on the bank this year. For example, a minimum of 5, 10 or 20. Tick them off as you go so you know how many you have done. Tip: Why not tell the other half about your target, whilst she’s still in a festive mood?

2. Visit a new venue

Visiting a new water can change your mindset and get you thinking outside of the box. It’s always worth making that long drive to a place you’ve always wanted to fish, but have never visited. Instead of ‘maybe next year.’ plan a day and get in the car and do it when the time comes.

Dedicate a day to visiting a new venue

Dedicate a day to visiting a new venue

3. Get somebody into fishing

Our sport needs new members, so why not take somebody with you? A friend, child or relative might appreciate fishing and it could lead to a life long passion. So why not dedicate a day or two for sharing and instruction this year rather than for yourself.

family fishing

Image source: Tide Lines
Letting the kids come with you is a great way to catch their interest.

4. Get involved with a clean up

Whether you area member of a carp syndicate, an angling club or simply on a day ticket our rivers and lakes need a bit of TLC. Even if its a few hours of your time sweeping the bank with a bin bag, a clean up makes your venue a much better place to fish and inspires respect from others.

A river clean up. Image: Wandle trust

5. Take stock of your fishing tackle

The New Year is the perfect time to check through your fishing gear. Make a resolution to give it a good sort out – be ruthless and sell or giveaway the stuff you never use, or if it is past it’s sell by date chuck it out. If find you need near fishing gear, then indulge yourself – it’s better to have everything ready for 2019 than not.

It’s 2019 – time to sort out this mess and treat yourself to some new gear! Image: Ifish.net

Christmas Gift Vouchers At Fishtec

Can’t think what to get your friend or family member for Christmas? Why not get them a voucher for their favourite UK fishing tackle store!!

Easy to buy and use, you can select the amount, the date the recipient will be emailed their voucher, and even include a Christmas message. Price – you decide! From £10 increments upwards.

Fishtec Fishing Tackle Gift Vouchers

Fishtec Fishing Tackle Gift Vouchers

If you have run out of time or cannot make a decision on a Christmas gift, Fishtec tackle gift online vouchers are an ideal present for the festive season. Fishtec gift vouchers have no expiration date and can be redeemed at any time you wish.

Fishtec Online tackle vouchers are available here.

For those who prefer to send vouchers in the post or present them in a Christmas card, paper gift vouchers are also available. These will be shipped to the recipient by Royal Mail. This service takes 2-3 working days.

Fishtec Physical gift vouchers are available here.

(Note: Physical vouchers need to be redeemed by post or in-store)

Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots Review

In this guest review fishing instructor and qualified guide Ben ‘Fly Guy’ Fox takes a look at a wading boot for all situations – the new Airtex 2 from Airflo!

With the latest Airflo kit impressing anglers up and down the country, including myself, I was pleased to get the opportunity to test out one of their latest additions, the Airflo Airtex 2 wading boots. Building on the excellent design and functionality of the original Airtex boots the new boots are a great example of modern features and materials.

Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots

Airflo Airtex 2 Wading Boots

When choosing wading boots it’s important to consider design and functionality.

Grip: The boot is the anchor you look too to keep yourself safe while wading through fast water, on slippy rocks and all manor of substrate. Do these boots do the above? Simply, yes. The boots have good strong stable soles (I had the Vibram) which offered good grip on the multitude of substrate I trekked across on my test session.  I had added Kold Kutter studs, available from the Fishtec website, which I would recommend doing as they do help grip on the trickiest conditions underfoot.

Support: When on your feet all day covering different gradients and often long distances its import that your boots support your feet, particularly the soles and ankles. I had no fear of going over on my ankle, thanks to the high sides, neoprene padding and strong rubberized heal and lower sides. As for covering long distances, after walking miles of river in them my feet didn’t ache, something that has often happened while wearing other boots or boot foot waders.

Cost: Built to last with top quality hard wearing fittings and materials were some boots fall short, the Airtex push the boundaries of what can be offered for the price point. I think they are great value for money.

Tough laces and corduroy eyelets will last a lifetime

Tough laces and corduroy eyelets will last the boots lifetime

Features:

Tough laces and corduroy eyelets should last the lifetime of the boot and the robust abrasion resistant outer ensure that it will be a long one.

Options to cover a wide range of foot sizes and with felt or Vibram soles available there’s a boot for all in the range.

Light weight despite the hard wearing components. Making them easy to walk in.

Drainage – wading boots can’t hold water for any length of time as the weight would become difficult to manage, drainage holes at strategic points allow this to happen quickly on the Airtex V2 boot.

Superb grip in slippery conditions guaranteed

Superb grip in slippery conditions guaranteed

To summerise: I was very impressed with the Airflo Airtex 2 boots. As a guide I rely on my gear to get me through both my own fishing, fishing with clients and competitions on running and stillwater. These wading boots will carry me through all conditions and situations and I recommend them to anyone looking for a high quality well priced boot that will last.

Airflo Airtex 2 wading boots retail at £119.99. They are available here.

About the author: Ben started his fishing career aged just 7. Progressing rapidly from coarse fishing, Ben soon became proficient at fly fishing and has taken part and triumphed in numerous competitions. He has represented England at youth level where he has 2 caps.

Ben Fox with a magnificent fly caught pike!

Ben Fox with a magnificent fly caught pike! Source Ben Fox Facebook page.

Based in Yorkshire but operating throughout the country, Ben spends his time as a qualified fishing guide and as an instructor with Fishing 4 Schools. Should you need quality angling coaching or a guided service be sure to check out Ben’s website here.

Top 10 Christmas Carp Fishing Gifts for 2018

Stuck on what to buy a carp fanatic for Christmas? Read on - we've got you covered.

Stuck on what to buy a carp fanatic for Christmas? Read on – we’ve got you covered.

As the festive season approaches, carp fanatics all over the country will be hoping their families forgo the socks and chocs for angling Christmas presents.

Here are ten items to add to your wish list this year, from bargains at well under £50 to top of the range tackle, clothing and accessories. Start dropping hints early…

FishSpy Camera

Fishtec Fishspy Camera

BUY: FishSpy Camera from Fishtec – £129.95

Once upon a time, castable underwater cameras were the stuff of science fiction, or hideously expensive. Not any longer! Get a different view of your swim with this brilliant FishSpy Camera. As well as being fun to use, it’s a great way to find features, check your rig or even watch the fish close in on your feed! There’s some sample footage here if you want to see more.

For a limited time only: FishSpy camera’s are being supplied with a FREE carry case and a FREE device stick.

Korda Mini Rigsafe Combi

All those bits and pieces of rig that carp anglers love to carry have a nasty habit of getting lost on the bank. This tidy rig board plus accessory box comes in handy to store all your crucial components in a small space. An excellent product to keep everything safe and organised!

Prologic K3 Bite Alarms

Prologic K3 Bite Alarms

Prologic K3 Bite Alarms

While the typical bite alarm has fallen steeply in price over the last few years, it still pays to invest a little more and buy quality. Three super-reliable alarms plus a receiver is great value at £199.99 with this superb Prologic set. Great performance for the mid range budget-conscious carper.

TF Gear Banshee Carp Rods

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BUY: TF Gear Banshee Carp Rods – from £29.99

For beginners to carp fishing, or perhaps for a keen angler who wants to add a marker or spod rod to their set up, you won’t find better value than the TF Gear Banshee. Correct! You get twice the rod for your cash. Hundreds of happy customers will tell you the Banshee is a great carp fishing rod, with prices starting at just £29.99. Check out the options here.

TF Gear Airflo Bivvy

Is your bivvy looking tired or falling to bits? The cooler months are no time to be without a reliable shelter on the bank. This TF Gear Airflo MK2 Bivvy performs effortlessly well, with amazingly easy “air poles” for rapid set up, and rigid, dependable performance in the worst of weather.

Ridgemonkey Compact Frying Pan

Here’s a clever idea from Ridgemonkey. It’s a shallow “breakfast” pan in four sections that changes to a deeper pan with a single flip. It’s also durable and super portable. Whether you’re knocking up a breakfast fry up or a curry on a cold night, this space saver is just the job. Click here to order.

HD Waterproof Action Sports Camera

For those who fancy some underwater filming without breaking the bank, this little waterproof sports camera has specifications well above its price tag. It has various settings from 1080 pixel / 25 frames per second film, to stills and time lapse options. Add fittings such as a head mount and selfie set and you have a very versatile camera in the style of the classic GoPro, all for well under £50!

Trakker Waterproof Thermal Core Multi-Suit

For anglers who brave the worst conditions, a warm, comfortable all-weather suit is a must-have rather than a luxury. With features such as reinforced knees and seams, along with fleece-lined pockets, this Trakker Multi-Suit will keep you toasty even when the elements are fierce. A great gift for any fishing fanatic prone to catching colds or staying out too long in the wet!

Jag Hook Sharpening Kit

Carp anglers often get fussy about the sharpness of their hooks, and for good reason. The chances of a hooked fish are greatly increased by having a “sticky-sharp” point as opposed to a less than keen edge. This special Jag Hook kit has all you need to hone rigs to optimum efficiency in one tidy pouch, bringing even tired hook points back to their best.

TF Gear Heavy duty carryall

 

TF Gear heavy duty carryall

TF Gear heavy duty carryall – £54.99

With most carp anglers carrying a fair bit of kit for longer sessions, a tidy way of keeping it all in good order is a must. Designed to hold various accessory cases perfectly, this TF Gear carryall is built to last. Packed with well-thought out features it has an extra long pocket for rig storage and space up-top for your buzzer bars.

But if you still can’t quite decide…

Last but not least, if you can’t choose between these carping Christmas present ideas, why not buy some Fishtec vouchers? Available in multiples of £10, they allow anglers to choose their own treat. Available in paper or digital versions.

Whatever gifts you choose this year, we wish all you tight lines and a very Carpy Christmas!